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The Lost Lighthouse

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Today’s daily photo gives me a good opportunity to mention my Burning Man Portfolio that you can enjoy at your leisure! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Lost Lighthouse

I’m not sure if that is the exact name of this art piece or not, but it’s my name for it. Sometimes people online get REALLY ANGRY when I don’t name the art piece and the artist. Man, I take thousands of photos out there of everything and I can’t remember. Besides, I know a lot of artists out there and they really don’t care one way or another. Anyway, I hope you enjoy all the Burning Man photos above!

The Lost Lighthouse

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-30 21:37:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length87.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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On the Launch Pad

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Today you’ll see the fun edit of today’s photo of the Space Shuttle on the launchpad at night. I mean, that is, if you are one of our awesome Passport Members!

Processing On the Launch Pad

Here’s another fun edit where I made it extra moody. I also heavily darkened some of the areas that were ugly or distracting. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – On the Launch Pad

I almost called this On the Pad, but that didn’t ring quite right. I noticed that while I was editing this photo that I wasn’t using a tripod. I’m not sure why this is. I’m sure I had one with me, but I took it so long ago that I forgot. Maybe I raised it way over my head to minimize the fence. I mean, honestly, who knows.

On the Launch Pad

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-07-07 19:33:11
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length85.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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A Cruise in Miami

Daily Photo – A Cruise in Miami

I took this photo a few years ago after I got off a cruise there in Miami. Isn’t it hard to imagine going on a cruise again? I mean, maybe in a few years when they have all this infection stuff settled… but right now, no way. I know a lot of people out there are having problems with this shit economy, but you can always be thankful that you don’t own a cruise line, hey?

A Cruise in Miami

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-11-13 06:00:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Morning Sunrise in California

Daily Photo – Morning Sunrise in California

I got up early with the quadcopter in hopes of a good sunrise and I was lucky! I was staying here at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay with my family and they are used to me trudging out of the room in the dark trying not to wake everyone up. That doesn’t always work usually because I have to get my stuff together from all over the room. Anyway, after I got outside I was able to get the quad way out over the Pacific Ocean. Flying it over the water always gives me a little extra anxiety… I don’t know why. It’s just as likely to crash and break over land too!

Morning Sunrise in California

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-12-11 07:33:33
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Paramount in Boston

Daily Photo – The Paramount in Boston

Here’s the famous Paramount Theater in Boston. It looks pretty cool during the daytime, but when all the lights come on at dusk, it’s the best time to take a photo. This shot is using a technique called compression, one that some of you photographers may already know about. The way to get it is to back up as far as possible and use a zoom lens. This one was a bit difficult because I had to run out in the middle of the street to get the right angle.

The Paramount in Boston

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-14 17:59:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Carnival Row at Disney

Matt Ridley on putting everything in perspective

I love this guy… he always has a fresh perspective on things.

Daily Photo – Carnival Row at Disney

When I was at Disneyland in Anaheim, I thought this would make excellent subject-matter for an HDR shot. This mix of lights and textures usually comes out pretty cool. There was a lack of symmetry in this one, so I did a bit of reflection in the top part. If you look closely, you’ll see the top half is pretty much an exact inverted copy from right to left.

Carnival Row at Disney

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-07-20 23:56:46
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring the Old Rockets at NASA

Daily Photo – Exploring the Old Rockets at NASA

If you’re a rocket enthusiast, then the museums at NASA are a must. I’m a little bit of a rocket nerd so I found it pretty exciting. That, plus being a photo nerd, was a perfect combo. Also, you get a leeway when it comes to using extreme HDR when taking photos of all this epic hardware.

Exploring the Old Rockets at NASA

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-04-28 14:41:26
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The American side of Niagara Falls

All COVID-19 Commercials are the Same

This video shows how all these brands think they have such original ideas but they all copy one another…

Daily Photo – The American side of Niagara Falls

I was super impressed with Niagra, and I didn’t expect to be. I don’t know why… I’m sure this makes me sound super jaded. Maybe it’s because I’ve already seen thousands of photos of it, so I felt like I’ve been there. But to see it in person is quite impressive. There’s just the sheer mass of water that is mindboggling.

The American side of Niagara Falls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-03 12:02:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Space Shuttle Launch

Great Podcast recommendation

I don’t know how I stumbled across “Off-Book” but it’s one of the funniest podcasts I’ve ever heard. They don’t have a lot of videos, but here is one of them…

Daily Photo – Space Shuttle Launch

I felt really lucky to be invited by NASA to the final few launches of the Space Shuttle. I ended up taking about 5,000 photos because I had no idea what the heck was going on. I had never been to the launch of a spaceship before, so there was a lot of guesswork when it came to the settings. Now that I’ve been to a few, I’m a little less slapdash when it comes to actually getting a decent shot.

Space Shuttle Launch

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-05-16 07:55:52
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length300.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

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Indoor Waterfalls in Singapore

Cool Burning Man Video!

Here’s a new highlight video from Burning Man 2019 – its theme of “Metamorphasis” now seems presciently apropos eh?

Until last week when it was canceled I’d put my odds on Burning Man this year at an optimistic 50/50 since it was over 5 months away… However, I know Burners, and none of them would be afraid to hug people… so even if there is just one person with a virus, all 80,000 will have it by the end. At the very least I’m sure the R0 contagion rate would be a tad higher than my grade-school church dances where we could barely see our partner in many Victorian layers from across the room.

I have more videos on the way… if you check my YouTube here – you can see in the description that I also am giving away my best photography tutorial for free… something to keep you busy in all this free time! Also, this BM video was not made by me to be clear – it was made by Morgan Oliver-Allen and I think it’s amazing!

Daily Photo – Indoor Waterfalls in Singapore

I’ve always thought Singapore was a bit of a strange city. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but nothing feels 100% organic there, even though they try really hard. For one thing, it’s super-hot most of the year, so most of the attractions are inside. This is one of the inside rainforests, which obviously sounds quite unnatural. I mean, as far as unnatural things go, I guess it’s pretty cool!

Indoor Waterfalls in Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:01:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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